Second Son: Transitioning Toward My Destiny, Love, and Life

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Second Son is a story that intimately explores the transition experience of Ryan Sallans, born Kimberly Ann Sallans. The reader is pulled through Ryan's transition from infant to child, child to body-obsessed teenage girl, teenage girl to eating-disordered young woman, female to male, daughter to son, and finally a beloved partner to a cherished fiance'. A unique lens on life and love.

Ryan candidly shares his struggle to find love and acceptance; a struggle that transcends through every layer of society. He nearly died from an extreme case of anorexia as an insecure female college student. The only thing that saved him was his inner spirit begging for a chance to live.
Second Son chronicles Ryan's battle with his family, his romantic partner, and his body. He unblinkingly focuses on the empowerment he achieved as he underwent gender reassignment surgeries and traces his evolution into manhood.
It took twenty-nine years for Ryan to find himself. The world is now ready for this intimate and honest autobiography that will educate and empower men and women around the globe. At a time when fighting to find oneself is popular, Ryan's story will resonate with people everywhere who are journeying to find their own destinies, love, and life.

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Ryan Sallans began his transition from female to male in 2005. He is a nationallly sought speaker, sharing his journey from female to male-bodied and his struggles with an eating disorder. Ryan works as a diversity trainer, consultant and author. He received a Master of Arts degree in English and educational psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Ryan was born and raised in Nebraska.

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". . . an important and vital book. . . His honesty about his transition is one we don't see often and it's very refreshing.  This book . . . will educate the masses on what it means to be transgender and in today's society . . . FOUR STARS!!!"
- Larry King, Talk Show Host

"Ryan Sallans is an incredibly brave young man who has written a powerful book. Second Son will save lives."
Dan Savage, co-founder, It Gets Better Project

"Ryan Sallans takes his readers on this fantastic, page turning journey about life as a transgender male. . . he offers insight to the personal struggles and triumphs he faces in order to be true to himself . . .a book that will both educate readers and help others. . ."
 
- Dr. Robi Ludwig- Psychotherapist, TV commentator and Author 

". . . a heartbreakingly modern American man's story . . . This is a book for anyone who has ever truly loved or tried to understand another human being. . . This is a brave man's story, bravely told."
-Michael Rowe, Lambda Literary Award and Randy Shilts Nonfiction Award-winning author of Looking For Brothers and Other Men's Sons

". . . When treated academically, gender identity can be a complex and even convoluted topic.  Second Son reminds. . .that living your life as you are meant to can be extremely complicated and yet so very simple." 
Elizabeth Schroeder, EdD, MSW- Sexuality education expert and Executive Director, Answer

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